„But in that we started so many things in that moment, we brought to their ends many others that have been the subject matter of this account, and so here is where I draw a line across the leaf and call it the end.“

—  Neal Stephenson, Final sentence of the novel, possibly addressing criticism of the author’s previous endings, Part 13, "Reconstitution"
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